Detroit’s Baraja Offers Level 4 Autonomy at $1K Per Unit

Baraja in Detroit, which develops technology for autonomous vehicles, has announced Spectrum HD, a LiDAR system ready for level 4 autonomy — a level at which the car handles the vast majority of driving situations independently — at scale.
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Baraja in Detroit has announced Spectrum HD, a LiDAR system ready for level 4 autonomy. // Courtesy of Baraja
Baraja in Detroit has announced Spectrum HD, a LiDAR system ready for level 4 autonomy. // Courtesy of Baraja

Baraja in Detroit, which develops technology for autonomous vehicles, has announced Spectrum HD, a LiDAR system ready for level 4 autonomy — a level at which the car handles the vast majority of driving situations independently — at scale.

Spectrum HD, which will be available for samples in 2022 and designed for volume production, delivers high-performance sensing at range with per-point Doppler capability at the hardware level all available for less than $1,000 per unit, enabling automotive integration.

“We built Spectrum-Scan with a radically different approach to traditional LiDAR systems. With Spectrum HD, that platform will become available to automotive partners, at the scale, cost and performance needed to make true autonomy a reality,” says Federico Collarte, founder and CEO of Baraja.

“At Baraja, we’ve paired per-point Doppler with our patented Spectrum-Scan technology to develop a winning solution LiDAR for automakers who want to enable true level 4 autonomous driving capabilities without the trade-offs that legacy LiDAR technologies present.

The system uses homodyne detection to measure the distance and velocity of an object within a single frame, at every point in the LiDAR pointcloud. By combining this detection with Spectrum-Scan and RMCW, Spectrum HD can quickly and reliably detect objects — from pedestrians to vehicles or animals — at long range and speed to enable safer autonomous driving.

Measuring Doppler per point at speed also enables Spectrum HD to detect critical edge cases — such as quickly identifying when something may jump into the lane or when oncoming traffic is approaching — to ensure autonomous vehicles can understand and react to extreme scenarios quickly.

Baraja recently announced a partnership with Veoneer, a Tier 1 supplier, to commercialize Spectrum-Scan for automotive integration. By working with partners like Veoneer, Baraja is testing Spectrum HD in the harshest conditions globally, ensuring the system is as reliable from its first hour through its entire lifecycle.

“We have performed extensive research among 70 LiDAR technology companies globally, and have come to the conclusion that by partnering with Baraja, Veoneer will be able to offer and integrate scalable automotive-grade LiDAR-sensors in future cars, at competitive prices,” says Jan Carlson, chairman, president, and CEO of Veoneer.

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